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Tai Chi helpful for knee osteoarthritis

Tai Chi exercise

Tai Chi exercise

Tai Chi has been hailed as a viable alternative treatment for people suffering with knee osteoarthritis.

The American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in San Francisco shows that Tai chi can have  physical benefits. Continue reading

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Tai chi improves confidence of heart patients

Tai Chi exercise

Tai Chi exercise

Chronic heart failure patients  respond well to Tai Chi exercise which improves their quality of life , mood and exercise performance confidence.

A study of 100 patients with systolic heart failure showed the benefits of the practice. Continue reading

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Renew and re-energise after Easter

A retreat offering Yoga and Mediation, Pilates, Tai Chi and healthy cookery workshops is being organised at Coolattin Lodge in Co Wicklow.

Nutrition therapist Dee Daly , a Ballymaloe trained chef and Health and Wellness coach, will be joined by Yoga teacher Fiona Shannon and Fitness and Health manager Jane Edlund to facilitate the three day retreat to “renew and energise”. Continue reading

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Tai Chi is good exercise for chronic lung condition

Tai Chi is an effective exercise for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The practice can improve both exercise capacity and the quality of life for people suffering with COPD.

A study has found that people with the lung disease who underwent Tai Chi training could walk for significantly longer and reported a better quality of life.

The Research was carried out at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital and the University of Sydney in Australia.

The Tai Chi group attended lessons twice a week and performed Tai Chi at home.

“With increasing numbers of people being diagnosed with COPD it is important to provide different options for exercise that can be tailored to suit each individual” said study lead author Regina Wai Man Leung.

“The results from this small sample provide compelling evidence that Tai Chi is an effective training programme for patients with COPD and could be considered as an alternative to the usual exercise training programmes that are available in pulmonary rehabilitation” she added.

The results of the study are to be published in the European Respiratory Journal.

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Specially designed Tai Chi movements help wheelchair users

Tai Chi postures have now been designed for wheelchair users to bring the Chinese martial and healing arts to people with physical disability.

Thirteen specific postures have been put together which can be practiced while seated for people who need simple upper body exercises.

“Tai Chi transforms the wheelchair from an assistive device to a tool of empowerment and artistic expression” says Zibin Guo who collaborated with the China Disabled People’s Federation and the 2008 Beijing Paralympics Committee on the project.

“It lifts the spirit and gives practitioners a sense of command of space”.

The 13 postures incorporate 13 of the 24 Tai Chi movements  and can be seen on YouTube.

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Tai Chi has been part of Chinese traditional medicine for thousands of years but has not been an accessible form of martial arts therapy or exercise for those with disabilities.

Surveys show that up to 73pc of people with disability have no or infrequent physical activity which in turn can contribute to lower self-esteem and depression.

Wheelchair Tai Chi movements allow a wide range of lower back and hip movements, says Dr. Guo.

Also, the movements help promote upper body mobility and internal circulation.

Vertical and horizontal circles improve and stimulate the rotation and range of motion for the torso, waist, back, shoulders, arms and wrists.

“The slow, guided muscle movement has a way of helping to reinforce the muscle patterns that may not have been present before,” says Dr. Glen F. Haban, a neuropsychologist at Siskin Hospital for Rehabilitation in Chattanooga.

The study is published in Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors.

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